More than 260 images created by amateur photographers in natural settings, such as state parks, wildlife refuges and nature preserves, are on display to the public, who can help select a grand prize winner.
The exhibit is open from noon to 5 p.m. each Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday through Jan. 20 at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, 2001 N. Ewing St. in Seymour.
The exhibit will close with a reception on the afternoon of Jan. 20, at which time the winning photos will be determined and a new nature preserve a half-mile away will be dedicated.
Three of the photos in the exhibit are by local residents.
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Shannon Malanoski, of Columbus, entered a photo of her son at play in nature. “As a family, we visit many Indiana state parks for hiking and photography throughout the year. Brown County State Park is one of our favorites, and we never miss the leaves changing,” she said.
Robert Yeager, of North Vernon, submitted a photo he took at Brush Creek Lake. “There is breathtaking scenery around every bend,” Yeager said. “I like to visit the lake at least four times a year, as the seasons change.”
Stevie Combs, of Seymour, entered a photo that shows the view through a young person’s eyes at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. “This place is special to me because before my father passed away we used to drive around and watch the birds and just to get away from town,” Combs said.